Community discharge of patients with schizophrenia: A Japanese experience

Fumitaka Noda, Campbell Clark, Hisako Terada, Naoki Hayashi, Keiko Maeda, Mikiko Sato, Keiko Ito, Junko Kitanaka, Takeshi Asai, Takashi Nishimura, Kenji Kushigami, Kazushi Okada, Yosuke Taniguchi, Tomoyuki Mantani

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In Japan, admission to a psychiatric facility for people with schizophrenia is usually for life. We developed a rehabilitation program aimed at discharging these patients into the Tokyo community. This paper describes the results for the 224 patients. Using an inpatient ward at the Tokyo Musashino Hospital, patients were enrolled in the program and subsequently discharged into the community with an assigned worker. The results indicate for the majority (79%) re-integration into the community was successful. The success of this program in a metropolitan city like Tokyo argues for the efficacy of such programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
JournalPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Sept
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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